05/27 18:25 CDT Heaney pitches 7 solid innings to help streaking Rangers beat
Heaney pitches 7 solid innings to help streaking Rangers beat Orioles 5-3
By DAVID GINSBURG
BALTIMORE (AP) --- Andrew Heaney pitched seven innings of four-hit ball, Marcus
Semien extended his hitting streak to 16 games with a pivotal two-run single
and the Texas Rangers beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-3 Saturday.
Robbie Grossman and Jonah Heim each had an RBI single for the Rangers, who have
won 10 of 13. Their 33-18 record is best in Rangers history after 51 games, and
they passed Baltimore (33-19) for second-best in the majors behind Tampa Bay.
"It's a start. Just tell yourself that," manager Bruce Bochy said. "But these
guys are playing so well right now. Starting pitching, Andrew goes out there
and throws a beautiful game. We're just getting it done."
After outscoring the Orioles 17-5 in the first two games of this three-game
set, Texas is assured of winning a fifth straight road series for the first
time since 2016.
"It's good to hit the road like this, but you have to keep pushing," Bochy said.
Austin Hays homered for the Orioles, who disappointed a crowd of 37,939 with a
lackluster performance at the plate for the second consecutive game. Baltimore
failed to score until Hays connected in the seventh and trailed 5-1 before an
uprising in the ninth was blunted with the potential tying run at the plate.
Heaney (4-3) extended an impressive stretch that began after he gave up seven
runs in his first start of the season, at home against Baltimore. The
left-hander has since gone 4-2 with a 2.75 ERA over his last nine starts.
"I threw a lot of changeups today," Heaney said. "They've given me a real hard
time in the past. I tried to beat a lot of those guys with heaters, and they
have some guys who can get to those heaters at the top of the zone. So, I was
trying to take their aggressiveness away."
Heaney outpitched Dean Kremer (5-2), who allowed three runs and five hits in 6
"I thought he really battled. He threw well," Orioles manager Brandon Hyde
said. "The fastball command was really good, ton of life to his heater. Good
cutter again. It's a tough lineup to pitch to and he did a great job."
After Grossman hit a run-scoring single in the second and Heim did the same in
the fourth, Kremer was lifted in the seventh after issuing a one-out walk.
Leody Taveras followed with a double off Bryan Baker, and Semien came through
with a two-run single for a 4-0 lead.
Orioles: Optioned struggling rookie right-hander Grayson Rodriguez to Triple-A
Norfolk and recalled reliever Keegan Akin from the same minor league club.
Rodriguez, a 2018 first-round draft pick, has a 7.35 ERA in 10 starts and
yielded nine runs (eight earned) in 3 1/3 innings on Friday night. "Not
everyone comes up here and sets the world on fire," Hyde said. "Just kind of
want to give him a reset."
Rangers: Placed RHP Dane Dunning on the MLB paternity leave list and recalled
LHP Cody Bradford from Triple-A Round Rock.
Rangers: Placed INF/OF Ezequiel Duran on the 10-day injured list, retroactive
to Wednesday, with mild right oblique discomfort. Texas also activated OF
Travis Jankowski (right hamstring strain) from the IL. ... RHP Jacob deGrom
(right elbow inflammation) awaits the next step in his bid to come off the IL
after throwing 31 pitches in a bullpen session Friday. "I don't know when he's
going to throw again, to be honest with you," Bochy said.
Rangers: Dunning was slated to start the series finale. Now that the
right-hander is on paternity leave, Bochy said after the game that he will use
Bradford as his starter on Sunday instead.
Orioles: RHP Kyle Bradish (2-1, 4.34 ERA) makes his ninth start of the season,
the second against Texas.
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